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New Mexico Governor: Special Session Coming SoonAssociated Press

The office of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says a special Legislative session could be called as early as Monday or Tuesday.

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New Mexico Governor Eyes Shutdown Over Budget-Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is preparing for a state government shutdown amid a budget standoff between the Republican and the Democrat-controlled Legislature.

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A state agency won national recognition this week for its pattern of failing to provide information to the public.

The Society of Professional Journalists selected the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission as the winner of the 6th Annual Black Hole Award which highlights public agencies that display a contempt for the public’s right to know.

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A proposal that would prevent state and local police from detaining or arresting people who are in the U.S. illegally was scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor in Santa Fe this week. 

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After a successful premiere in Barcelona in 1911, the music disappeared.  Cant de les Estrellas (Song of the Stars) by Spanish composer Enrique Granados wasn't heard again until almost 100 years later, in a new recording on the Naxos label.  Responsible for that recording, and for retrieving this lost score, is New Mexico pianist, and Granados scholar, Douglas Riva. 

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We often associate slavery with the American South. But it was actually common in many places in our history, including New Mexico. Native Americans who were captives and raised in Hispanic families became known as Genizaros. They assimilated into New Mexico society and after being freed they were also given land grants in places like Abiqui, Belen and Carnuel on the frontier between Spanish settlements and Native tribes.

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New Mexico Legislature Says Several Vetoes Don't CountAssociated Press

Democratic leaders of the New Mexico House of Representatives say two recent veto attempts by the governor are invalid.

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The Trump Administration’s approach to reviewing local police departments’ use of force practices has some local police reform advocates concerned. But the Albuquerque Police Department plans to fulfill the requirements of a DOJ settlement agreement on police use of force.

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New Mexico Ethics Commission Proposal Clears SenateThe Associated Press

New Mexico voters could be asked next year to create an independent political ethics commission in the wake of a recent string of corruption scandals.

The state Senate voted 30-9 Thursday in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that calls for creating a seven-member body to investigate and sanction ethics violations. The House must sign off on Senate revisions before the amendment goes to a statewide ballot initiative in November 2018.

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You know all those times when the reporter says that the government official, public agency or politician refused to comment? We're digging into issues of press access and government transparency this week and here are some recent KUNM examples. 

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APD Investigator Says Officer Violated Hawkes’ Rights – Albuquerque Journal

A police sergeant investigating the 2014 shooting death of Mary Hawkes said her constitutional rights were violated and officers mishandled evidence.

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Gov. Susana Martinez lobbied top Democrats to approve a bill that would have created an exception to regulations about leases for state offices. Now some Democrats are calling for an investigation of what they call pay-to-play.  

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Last week, an Albuquerque church offered sanctuary to an Albuquerque grandmother under threat of deportation.  Her name is Emma – she’s originally from Honduras and she’s been living in the U.S. for 25 years.  The Albuquerque church is one of over a dozen churches in the nation to provide sanctuary to an immigrant.  

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New Mexico Senate Backs Veto Override On Teacher Sick LeaveThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Senate has voted to override a veto by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez of a bill that would have allowed teachers to take more than three days of annual sick leave without being penalized on performance evaluations.

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KUNM Call In Show 3/16 8a: President Trump has called the press the enemy of the American people. But that attitude from government leaders is nothing new here in New Mexico. It's Sunshine Week, so we’ll be talking about the essential local stories that reporters had to fight to get, and sunlight as a disinfectant in the dark corners of power.

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New Mexico Tops Latest Unemployment ListThe Associated Press

The latest figures from state and federal labor officials show New Mexico has the nation's highest unemployment rate at 6.7 percent.

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ACLU Sues Over Initial Hearings For Detained ImmigrantsAssociated Press

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the federal government to limit the amount of time that people can be held before seeing an immigration judge, saying many are held for months while waiting for an initial appearance.

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Governor Susana Martinez on Friday ordered the state corrections department to work with the federal government on immigration enforcement. President Trump’s Administration requested a list of foreign-born inmates late last month as part of a push to deport people who are in the U.S. illegally.

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In Washington D. C., the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company is a cultural institution.  Performances marking its 25th anniversary will take place this year at the Kennedy Center and the National Portrait Gallery.  The celebration will also include a special week-long residency this month in New Mexico.  That's because choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess is a native son -- he grew up in Santa Fe and received his dance degree from the University of New Mexico. Company performances and workshops will be held at NDI New Mexico in Santa Fe and UNM in Albuquerque.

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Mail Theft Concerns Prompt Hiring Of More Postal Inspectors – The Associated Press

With New Mexico's largest metropolitan area being plagued by mail thefts, the U.S. Postal Service has agreed to add two more postal inspectors in the Albuquerque office.

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Republicans in Congress have released their plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act and children’s advocates are worried about low-income kids in New Mexico.

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New Mexico Tells School Kids: No Lunch Money, No ProblemThe Associated Press

A bill to ensure that New Mexico children are served school meals even if their parents do not pay on time has been approved by the state Senate.

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Sandoval County Settles Jail Suicide Suit For $1.8 Million – The Associated Press & KOB

Sandoval County has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from a jail inmate who killed herself after leaving her isolation cell.

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Who should investigate or prosecute controversial police use of force and shootings? That’s a problem that comes up in law enforcement departments everywhere. A bill introduced during this legislative session tries to address it, but the measure’s being hamstrung by this year’s budget crunch. 

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Last fall, a jury couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict for the two former Albuquerque Police Department Officers facing murder charges for shooting and killing homeless camper James Boyd. And that left the door open for another trial. 

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Albuquerque Police Press Ahead With Mandated ReformsThe Associated Press

Efforts are moving forward to reform the police force in New Mexico's largest city as part of a settlement over use of excessive force.

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KUNM Call In Show 3/9 8a: Violent crimes have stolen headlines over the last year, while property crimes remain a persistently unpleasant part of life all over New Mexico. Lawmakers in Santa Fe are debating how to reduce crime—but with little money available to do it. Which ideas could reduce crime and save money? Which sound good but cost a lot and have no guarantee? And which proposals have more to do with politics than anything else? 

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President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. This annotation features the text of the new executive order along with context and analysis from NPR journalists.

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Solitary Confinement Suits Cost New Mexico Counties MillionsThe Associated Press/CJ Project

New Mexico lawmakers are weighing whether the state will join a small but growing list of states that have placed limits on solitary confinement.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Industrial Hemp Research—Associated Press

A bill to create a research program for the industrial production of hemp in New Mexico is headed to the governor's desk for consideration.

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